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ENG: Jared Schutz Polis (born Jared Polis Schutz May 12, 1975) is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and U.S. Representative for Colorado's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Polis and his life partner, Marlon Reis, are the parents of a son, Caspian Julius, born on September 30, 2011, making Polis the only openly gay member of Congress who is a parent. Early life, education and career Polis is the son of Stephen Schutz and Susan Polis Schutz. He attended the La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Princeton University. Business career Polis has founded a number of companies and is one of the 10 richest members of the United States Congress estimated ...
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Polis Calls on Congress to End Marijuana Prohibition

Speaking alongside industry advocates, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) called Wednesday for Congress to end the prohibition on marijuana, stressing the need to reduce drug violence while hailing the medical cannabis market's capacity for growing the economy. "Ending the failed policy of prohibition with regard to marijuana will strike a major blow against the criminal cartels that are terrorizing Americans and Mexicans on both sides of the border," Polis said at the National Press Club, in response to a question from Raw Story. "It's been estimated that the drug cartels drive about half of ...

Jared Polis has ideas for closing federal budget gap

Although the so-called Gang of Six's proposalfor averting debt-ceiling catastrophe is getting the lion's share of attention right now, Representative Jared Polis has floated some revenue-raising ideas of his own, which the media has largely winnowed down to this: Legalizing marijuana would help close the budget gap. But if that shortchanges some of his other notions, Polis's spokesman isn't complaining. "You can't really blame the media for focusing on a controversial issue when you raise a controversial issue," says Polis communications director Chris Fitzgerald. "If it brings attention to ...

Polis Announces Birth Of Son

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) is a proud father of a newborn baby, making him the first openly gay parent in the U.S. Congress. On Friday, Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, sent out an announcement about the arrival of their son, Caspian Julius, who is 8 pounds, 12 ounces. "Baby and parents are doing well, baby has learned to cry already! No gifts please, just nice thoughts for Caspian, humankind, the planet, and the universe!" read the announcement. Polis and Reis have declined to comment on whether it was a surrogate pregnancy or an adoption. “We are so thrilled for the congressman ...

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Polis to participate in Facebook Live discussion on International Entrepreneur Rule
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) will participate in a Facebook Live discussion on the new International Entrepreneur Rule, announced by the Obama Administration in August. The proposed Rule would allow qualified international entrepreneurs to temporarily reside in the U.S. to start or grow a business.  The public may comment on the rule through Oct. 17.  The Facebook Live discussion is hosted by FWD.us, and it will include entrepreneurs and experts on immigration.  The public is invited to ask questions about the rule through Facebook.  The panel will address the economic impact of international entrepreneurship and obstacles to foreign entrepreneurship.  International entrepreneurship is vast in the U.S.  Immigrant-owned business employ one in 10 American workers, and immigrants have founded roughly 25 percent of small businesses in America.   WHO:                  Rep. Jared Polis       &nb
Tomorrow: Polis to host Third-Annual Hemp Symposium and Legislative Workshop
Loveland, Colo.:  Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, will welcome over 150 guests to his Third-Annual Hemp Symposium and Legislative Workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 26.  The free symposium will bring together experts from the many segments of the industrial hemp industry, connecting and developing this growing network.  In addition, it will serve to continue the conversation about the expansion of the hemp industry, and its economic impact on both Colorado and our nation as a whole. Hemp is a growing industry in Colorado.  Colorado State University and the University of Colorado are researching ways to develop the new crop after Polis authored an amendment allowing research universities to study hemp.  In addition, Colorado is on the verge of having certified industrial hemp seed, which would provide continuity for the industry.  The schedule is as follows: 1:00 p.m., Polis gives welcome address about federal hemp legislation. 1:10 p.m., Panel conversation abo
Polis statement on crisis in Aleppo
WASHINGTON  – Today, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement regarding the ongoing crisis in Aleppo, Syria.  "In light of these atrocities, I believe that we cannot continue to sit idly by," Polis said. "Over the last five years, we have seen the devastating cost of inaction, and as Americans, we have a responsibility to lead. I call on President Obama to use all channels at his disposal to negotiate a cessation of hostilities in East Aleppo with the Russian, Iranian, and Syrian governments and consider emergency airlifts and the creation of safe zones. Deescalating the conflict will provide immediate relief for the civilians who are trapped, and allow for their evacuation to North Aleppo – an important step towards fragile safety. It is incumbent upon the international community to demonstrate our capacity for decency and dignity. With history as our guide, we must act to prevent atrocities. We must stand with Aleppo and do everything in our power
Polis statement on finalization of Methane and Waste Prevention Rule
Today, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement regarding U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s finalization of the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. The final rule will update a 30-year old regulation that for decades has permitted the wasteful release of natural gas into the atmosphere from oil and gas operations on public and Indian lands. The guidance updates regulations for natural gas venting, flaring, and leaks. Additionally, the rule ensures operators are accountable to the taxpayers for royalties on flared gas.  “Scientists and climate experts have known for decades that methane emissions have a negative and devastating impact on our climate,” Polis said. “For years I’ve found it troubling that we regulate these leaking and harmful pollutants with a 30-year old regulation. The Methane and Waste Prevention Rule is a commonsense step to prevent the release of these harmful emissions on public lands at an accelerated rate. I commend U.S

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